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Sam Attisha

Senior Vice President and California Region Manager, Cox Communications Inc.

Sam Attisha was promoted to his current position in July 2016. He had served as vice president of business development and public affairs for Cox California. He joined to Cox in 2007 after working for a multinational content security and encryption company, for Comcast and as a policy advisor for County Supervisor Dianne Jacob. He serves on the board of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the USS Midway Museum and other civic and industry groups.

ALMA MATER: University of San Diego (undergraduate); Cal State University Sacramento (MBA)

FAVORITE: Cucina Urbana and Enoteca

FUN FACT: “I am an immigrant to the United States, and I love to cook and garden.”

BEST BUSINESS ADVICE : “In my wallet, I carry a worn note that I received from my dad on Christmas in 1981. I consider it business and personal advice. ‘Remember, my son, the glory is not in never falling, but by rising up every time you fall.’”